I started thinking as I grouted that it was very symbolic of what God does for us. He grouts our lives, so to speak.
You see, we are broken. We’re cracked. We’re chipped. The world and sin have busted us up inside. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We are all hurting in some way, whether it’s from our own sin or from the sin of others around us. We are like mosaics; we are made of many broken pieces.
If you’ve ever looked at a mosaic project or a tile floor before it is grouted, it doesn’t look very good. A mosaic looks like a bunch of broken pieces. A tile floor just looks incomplete, and sweeping it is not fun because the dirt falls into the cracks. Once it is grouted, though, it is beautiful. A mosaic changes from a bunch of shards to a piece of art. A tile floor looks complete and wonderful.
God’s love and mercy are our grout. Until we allow Him to fill in the cracks, we look broken. We are ugly and incomplete. When His love fills in the cracks, we become beautiful pieces of art. We are His creation, and we are made whole through Him. Our speech becomes sweeter. Our attitudes become better. Our lives become happier. He completes us.
Some other verses that talk about God completing us are Colossians 2:9-10 and Ephesians 3:19.
When we are at our most broken, God can fill the cracks. He can fix things that others can’t. He can use our problems, our trials and our sadness to make a beautiful life. Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite verses. It says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” I love that verse because it assures me that, no matter how badly I mess up, God can fix it.
If you are feeling cracked, let God fill in the cracks. Let Him smooth over the roughness in your life, and you can be transformed into a beautiful piece of art. Hold onto the promise that God will use all things to His glory if you love Him and follow Him. You will be a finished creation soon. -Al